Thursday, November 26, 2015

A GOP VP dark horse?

In  my blog of August 29, 2014, I wrote of perennial Clinton operative James Carville predicting that Mitt Romney would run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. 

Carville was almost correct, because Romney almost ran.

I used that blog to reprint an earlier one (March 24, 2014), entitled "A Republican Dark Horse?" The gist of that essay was that Romney was a dark horse because of the strengths he would bring to the top of the Republican presidential ticket. Among them were, and are today:

1.      Mitt Romney has more name recognition than any other potential [Republican] candidate, having received approximately 61,000,000 popular votes in 2012. And he won them against a then-popular sitting president. He still has vast name recognition.

2.     If 61,000,000 voters wanted Romney instead of Obama in 2012, it is reasonable to assume many of them would want Romney against the likes of Biden, Clinton, or virtually any other Democrat. This means, I wrote in 2014, that in 2016 Romney would go into the election with a huge inventory of popular votes. Romney’s opponent in the 2016 election [whomever it is] would have an inventory of zero actually cast presidential votes. We know the Democrat field has been culled. Biden cut and ran, a least for now. Still in not the race but the slow walk are what's-his-name from Maryland, and the crypto-Communist from Ben & Jerry country. The last person standing, having apparently survived the Republicans' War on Women, is Hillary Clinton, who today loses every match-up with Republican presidential candidates except Carly Fiorina. If the likes of Kasich, Christie, Huckabee, and several others beat Clinton, it is not unreasonable that a man who last time received 61,000,000 popular votes would beat her if he ran.

3.     During the October 2012 presidential debate Obama ridiculed Romney about his concern over Russia’s “geo-political” threat. Quoting Obama: “You [Romney] said Russia. Not Al Qaida. You said Russia. The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because . . . the cold war’s been over for 20 years.” (My emphasis.) [Apparently, Vladimir Putin didn't get the memo.]

Here’s what the more knowledgeable and forthright Romney retorted: “Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe . . . and I said in the same paragraph I said and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin . . . . ” (My emphasis.) Romney then knew more about Russia than Obama had learned in four years as president. Make that 7+ years, now. Indeed, Putin's aggression in Crimea and Ukraine and his pushing into Syria, without more, have proved Romney right.

4.     Romney was, despite the 2012 [Democrat, and Democrat-inspired] slanders, a hugely successful businessman, with a strong resume in at least several other respects including having been governor of Massachusetts. Clinton "ran" two enterprises: HillaryCare, which laid an egg, and the Department of State, which has not yet, nearly four years later, recovered from her mistakes, malfeasance, and corruption.

5.     Since the 2012 election even many of Romney’s political detractors have acknowledged, albeit grudgingly, that he is a thoroughly decent and honorable man. Which is more than can be said about the Liar Of Benghazi, the Violator of Laws Too Many To Mention, and the Enabler of the Worst Husband-President in American history. Pundits tell us that the “nice guy” factor is of utmost importance in elections, especially presidential contests. Hillary Clinton is by no measure a "nice gal."

Well, yes, you say, but Clinton is running for president and Romney is not. 

Correct, other Republicans are running.

But whomever gets the Republican nomination will have to choose a vice  president for the ticket. Perhaps someone who comes to the stump against Clinton's running mate -- probably a male Hispanic -- having had 61,000,000 million Americans vote for him, who knew four years ago that Russia was our main enemy, who was a successful businessman, and who as a Republican was governor of a blue-blue-blue liberal state. A religious man, who's a nice guy.

Perhaps someone like Mitt Romey?

To those who think Romey would never accept second-seat to a Cruz or Rubio (or other qualified Republican presidential nominee) I say this:  Mitt Romney is a patriotic American with a lifetime of service.

If the bugle sounds, if he is asked, I believe Mitt Romney will answer the call of his country.
Stay tuned.